Mercedes is one manufacturer who easily competes with budget brands when it comes to number of launches in a year. There were rumors floating that, to curb the complexity of nomenclature due to the rising number of models, the company will introduce a new method of nomenclature soon. The rumors came true today after the final confirmation from the Mercedez-Benz, that they are adopting a new nomenclature method.
Apart from the core A, B, C, E, and S-classes, the German autogiant will change the name of almost every other class. This new nomenclature will affect the ML, GLK, GL and SLK vehicles. Mercedes-Benz revealed two images explaining how the vehicles will be named now, and it came out to be pretty simple, as we analyzed.
Under the new plan, crossovers and SUVs will get the “GL” initials, followed by the letter, on which the car is based or is in-line with. So, the A-class based SUV/Crossover will be GL-A, or as we know it as, GLA. Moving up the line, C-Class based GLK will become GLC-Class and the M-class becomes GLE-class. The bigger GL-class will be known as the GLS-class.
Apart from this, the SLK-roadster, which is a close relative of the C-class, will switch to SLC badging. None other change will be made to the badging based on the body type. So the four door coupes will remain unchanged to the current CLA and CLS class. The G-Class or the G-Wagen, as popularly known as, alongwith the B-class, will keep their own moniker.
While these changes were on the basis of the body types, Mercedes-Benz is also revising the individual models based on the powertrain designations. Mercedes comes with all sorts of engines ranging from 'BlueTec,' 'Electric Drive,' etc. To identify these sort of cars, the company will now use the trailing lowercase letter.
The diesel models now get a simple 'd', hybrids gets a 'h', plug-in hybrids and electrics have an 'e', and fuel-cell-powered models are designated by an 'f'. Cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) get a 'c' moniker. So, as an example, the GL350 BlueTec diesel SUV will now have a GL350d badge. The all-wheel drive models using the '4MATIC' designation will remain unchanged.
While it may get a little while to get used to the changes, we have to say that the names now seem more logical and transparent than before.